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side shot of a white dutch oven filled with no beans chili and garnished with bay leaves

Texas No Beans Chili

Katerina | Diethood
This thick and hearty No-Beans Chili is deeply flavored thanks to an authentic blend of spices, plenty of tomatoes and a generous portion of ground beef. You’ll love the sizzling Southwest flavor of this meaty, no-beans recipe!
Servings : 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins


For the Chili:
For Garnish:
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Seeded and thinly sliced jalapenos
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro


  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground beef to the hot oil; season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon while it cooks.
  • Once browned, stir in the onions, bell pepper, and garlic.
  • Continue to cook for 4 minutes, or until veggies are softened.
  • Stir in chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, and paprika.
  • Add tomato paste; stir to combine and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes.
  • Stir in the broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Add bay leaf and bring chili to a steady simmer; reduce heat and continue to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Please note that, at this point, you can let the chili cook for 3 to 4 hours, as long as there is enough liquid. If you would like to cook it for longer, make sure to add more liquid to the pot, 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally. Water is OK to use for the extra liquid.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Remove bay leaf and taste for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Ladle into bowls; garnish with cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, and cilantro.
  • Serve.


  • Stove


  • For those on Weight Watchers, to reduce WW points down to 5, use lean ground turkey meat.


Calories: 251 kcal | Carbohydrates: 13 g | Protein: 28 g | Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 541 mg | Potassium: 840 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 1507 IU | Vitamin C: 20 mg | Calcium: 74 mg | Iron: 5 mg | Net Carbs: 10 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef chili, chili recipe no beans, easy chili recipe, ground beef chili, healthy dinner, healthy dinner ideas, no bean chili